Grammy Sally and McKenzie

Grammy Sally came back from her Panama cruise to be greeted by her new puppy, Mckenzie, the half brother of Merlin.  He is about 1/2 the size of Merlin and will probably be about 10 lbs. at full weight, while Merlin will be 15 lbs.  Merlin, initially was very aggressive (mean) to McKenzie, but after establishing the correct pecking order they played, wrestled, kissed and had a great time.  Sally is thrilled with McKenzie, and they already to seem have bonded.  She is very excited t have something to do, something to care for, and to have company.  McKenzie is

perfect for her.

Molly and Grammy with their Good Boys
What have I done?
My God this dog is cute
Aaaaah, so cute.
Good puppies.

Phoenix, AZ

Molly, and I spent from Wednesday through Sunday with Mark and Melinda Merrill at their new 2nd home in Gold Canyon, AZ.  We had a wonderful time.  We golfed, went to see Avatar, attended a flea market, and a high end art show in Scottsdale.  They live about 45 minutes south of Phoenix and it took about an hour from the airport to their home.  It was great to spend time with them, and enjoy their home.  We also drove to some small communities, Globe and Inspiration, which are mining towns.  They were pretty sad, but the copper mines were unbelievable.  Miles and miles of huge excavation that has been done over the decades.

The interesting thing about AZ is that it doesn’t look like there is much in the way of land zoning and planning.  There is so much land that it doesn’t appear that much consideration is given to density.

Mark and Melinda's swimming pool
Mark and Melinda

The Happiness Project

I was fascinated the other morning while working out on the bike I was watching the Today show, and Ann Curry interviewed, Gretchen Rubin, who started a blog awhile back that had to do with Happiness, and had asked herself, could you do things to made you happy.  She posted a weekly blog, and now has 31,000 subscribers, and also has written a book about that experience.  She was very authentic, and her message somewhat matched my New Years resolution.  I still haven’t formed the exact words of what I want my resolution to be, but the general context was to be a better person, which is certainly too vague and not concrete enough, but listening to Gretchen I realized that you could put fairly vague concepts (Happiness) into actionable, and maybe measurable points.  In any event I intend to use this blog this year as I work on this concept.

My first actionable act this year is to be more Helpful.  Not that I haven’t been helpful to Molly, but since this is one point that I have put words and a voice to I consciously have been thinking how I can be more helpful and supportive to Molly.  In the long run, back to Gretchen and the Happiness Project, it seems that if I can be more helpful to Molly, it will also make me happy.  I will continue to report on this weekly.

Chelsey Is off to College

Chelsey left this morning to go back to Boston to attend her final undergraduate year at Northeastern.  It maybe was the best 6 months having her home this time.  We did lots of things over the summer (biking, paddling, out to dinner, plays, etc.).  It was a very entertaining time, and we will miss her alot the next few months.   We also will miss Eric, since we generally don’t see him often while Chelsey is gone.  They are going on a cruise in a few months to the Caribbean, and in May the 4 of us will be going to Mexico (Puerta Vallarta) for a week.  Paul and Bea will also be joining us.

Christmas Season 2009

January 1st, 2010 marks the 14th anniversary of Molly and I being married.  It has been an unbelievable quick 14 years, and 14 years of the best years of my life.  Molly, and I are so suited for each other.  So what did we do on our Anniversary?  Since, losing Juneau last March we both have wanted a dog, but can’t quite figure out how we can do it, living in a Condo.  We have decided that we can make it work, and have spent the last month figuring out what kind of dog we would like.  Molly has spent lots of time on the internet looking at Maltipoos (hybrid Maltese and poodles), and Cavalier King Charles.  Chelsey, has also been encouraging for us to get a dog, and has also spent time with Molly looking on the internet.

We had traveled to Eaglecrest to spend time in our condo there after Christmas, and Chelsey found a place in Bend where they breed Cavaliers’.  We visited the breeders home on New Years day, and saw some really cute Cavalier King Charles.  They are a very loving, docile dogs who want nothing more than to sit on your lap and make your happy.  I think we have decided to get one, and he’s a little boy and what they call a tri color.   We hope that the breeder will keep the dog for one month until he is 4 months old so he can go to the doggie day camp.  Here are some pictures.